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Swedish Mayor Ilmar Reepalu Denounces Zionism As
Sunday January 31, 2010 02:30 by Kristoffer Larsson
A Swedish mayor has upset the Jewish community by saying that Zionism
is unacceptable in an interview published on the 27th of January, the
International Holocaust Memorial Day.
Ilmar Reepalu, mayor of Malmö, located in Southern Sweden, was
interviewed about the situation for Jews living in the city, some of
whom claim they are being forced out of Malmö due to harassment. The
mayor says he strongly condemns racism and acts of violence, but that
Jews will receive no special treatment.
“We accept neither
Zionism nor anti-Semitism,” Mayor Reepalu said. “They are extremes that
put themselves above other groups, and believe they have a lower value.”
His comments have upset the Jewish community and other pro-Zionist
elements, and the president of another Jewish community in Sweden told
“These statements and other events in Malmö are making
the Jewish community feel very uncomfortable and some people, especially
the young, are leaving the city.”
Mayor Reepalu argued that the
Jewish community’s support for Israel has not made things easier.
“I would wish for the Jewish community to denounce Israeli
violations against the civilian population in Gaza. Instead it decides
to hold a [pro-Israeli] demonstration in the Grand Square [of Malmö],
which could send the wrong signals,” he stated.
The Mayor also
urged the Muslim community not to blame Swedish Jews for what Israel is
“At the same time, I would wish for Muslim representatives
in Malmö to say loud and clear that the Jews of Malmö should not be
dragged into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Mayor Reepalu said.
In 1975, the U.N. General Assembly adopted Resolution 3379, which
stated “that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.” The
resolution was revoked in 1991 (following the Zionist victories over
Communism and after the destruction of the strongest Arab state of
Israel discriminates against Palestinians under its
control in virtually every aspect of life. One example is the Israeli
immigration law, known as the Law of Return. According to Zionist
ideology, Jews who emigrate to Israel are “returning” to their
“homeland.” The Law of Return was adopted in 1950 and stipulates that
everyone who is Jewish according to Jewish religious law (i.e. born to a
Jewish mother or a convert to Judaism) is entitled to immigrate. A 1970
amendment adds that this right is “also vested in a child and a
grandchild of a Jew” and their spouses.
Hence, a convert to
Judaism has the right to move to Israel (and the Jewish settlements in
the West Bank) while a Palestinian who was expelled from his home is
denied the very same right.
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